ולדוברי האנגלית שבינינו,
ניתן להצטרף לחוויה הלימודית בפורומים הבאים ביאהו:
Hello friends and
fellow fanciers. It seems that the spring is
returning in The Garden State? Everything is green everywhere. The
Dandelions and other wild greens that I normally feed to my birds are
emerging everywhere. The Virginia Red Cardinals, the Mocking Birds,
and others are singing their hearts out early in the morning around
my house in Elizabeth. What a crazy year!
In the past years I had a rough time protecting my fields of Perilla,
lettuce, small sunflower seeds, and Bella di Notte Mirabilis Jalapa,
Nyctaginaceae. I have so far haven't seen any American Goldfinches
or any other songbirds around my property. Last year and the year
before, it seemed that the American Goldfinches and others had a
convention on my property and devoured all my seeds mentioned above.
I had to cover all my plants with screens to protect at least some.
This year the fact that I didn't see any American Goldfinches around,
I took for granted, guess what? The nuisance English Sparrows
learned how to eat the above seed. We spent a good part of yesterday
covering the plants again to allow them to mature and eventually
harvest the same at a later date.
My Timbrados are molting profusely. I don't know how the fellow
fanciers song Canary breeders are managing to have the birds so
trained for the shows that are taking place at this time of the
year. None of my birds are in full song, they are just chirping. In
my opinion, the best time to exhibit song Canaries is in mid December.
For the small amount of time that I have been spending here in New
Jersey, I have been experimenting various methods of feeding the
Gouldians that are breeding and feeding youngsters. I am definitely
convinced that feeding Gouldians and even Society Finches prefer
properly soak seed and not sprout seed. I soak the seed for the
Gouldians in the following way: I use glass jars only! I fill the
jar half way with the proper soaking seed and fill the jar with cold
water. I let it soak for 6 hours. Then I drain the water and let it
stay in the same jar for an additional 18 hours. (This time of the
year I keep the jar at room temperature, during the summer months I
keep it in the refrigerator) Every time we feed the birds we wash
thoroughly the seed, shake the excess water, and blend it with a
small amount of nestling food. Gouldians and other several similar
species lick the feeding dish.
When accidentally or intentionally we partially sprout the seed and
mix in the same method mentioned above, the Gouldians as well as
other birds pick the nestling food and leave the partially sprouted
seed in the dish. I have been wondering why my birds are doing
this. Maybe fungus and other toxins develop in the seed itself and
it has a bad taste? God knows.
Most of my Gouldian pairs are feeding youngsters or are building
nests. It looks like it is going to be a successful 2006-2007
The Red-Orange Colorbred Canaries are still molting. Everyday they
receive a small amount of color enhancer through their nestling food
and soak seed. This year's molt has been extended dramatically, at
least this is happening in my bird room. All my non-red Colorbred
also are in the heavy molt. The floor in my bird room is literally
covered with bird feathers. Rosa every morning is having a lot of
fun sweeping the feathers. To minimize the feathers flying around
she mists the feathers on the floor with cold water, that seems to
work very well, the feathers remain on the floor and will not go in
We give all birds baths every day; this will facilitate the
completion of the molt. As clean people shower everyday, birds love
to bathe everyday. Yes, I know it is a lot of work, but if you enjoy
the hobby you will enjoy the work too. Again, I repeat, to each his
Please let all of us support the upcoming exhibitions anywhere they
take place. I repeat, the survival of the hobby depends on all of
us. Encourage the young generation to be part of this wonderful and
This is all the rambling I am doing for now.
If you are not a member of the following groups, please join and be
part of the learning experience.
Best Regards to all,
G.A. Abbate in partially cloudy but cool and pleasant New Jersey—The
Garden State (Spring time temperatures)